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 1  For hormones Crying depressed angry stare into space bolting leg pain arm pain shallow breathing dizziness F 33 10 days
30
8/10/2014

 1  Contraception crying all the time, headaches, irritability, loss of sex drive F 18 2 weeks
7/24/2014

 1  heavy periods, cramping Dr put my daughter on it to control periods. Vomiting, nausea 5 afters after taking pill most nights, MAJOR anxiety attacks, depression, listlessness, sleepless nights. (Last night up until 5am-cannot sleep) None of these symptoms ever before taking. Flushing them today. No more. Wish I knew how long it takes to get out of her system. F 14 10 days
1.5
7/5/2014

 2  Birth Control Very Dry Mouth, nausea M 30 1 weeks
30 1X D
3/26/2014

 1  Contraception Depression, Anxiety, Acne, Scalp Burning and Hair Loss My doctor prescribed Loestrin 30 after breakthrough bleeding caused by Loestrin 20. I was prescribed Loestrin as I had bad experiences with Microgynon 30, Cilest and Yasmin. During my year on Loestrin I suffered from depression, so severe I was put on antidepressants at one point in order to cope. I asked the doctor whether the pill could be the cause and they were adamant that it wasn't so I persevered for another six months before finally taking matters into my own hands and stopping. My mood has improved significantly, however since stopping Loestrin I have experienced catastrophic amount of hair loss. The loss is so bad that over the past month and a half I have been off Loestrin, I have two bald patches and have lost nearly half my hair. I am now going through the process of finding out exactly what is happening but internet research has told me that Loestrin is notorious for causing hair loss due to it's androgen content. It's worth a mention that despite being on different methods of hormonal birth control, I've NEVER experienced hair loss of any kind starting or stopping it. I feel like this pill has stolen away a year of my life and due to it's after effects will have a long lasting effect. If I could turn back time and never take this pill I would. I'd advise people to take great caution and do their research before taking this pill, especially those who may have sensitivity to androgens. F 22 1 years
1X D
1/5/2014
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 5  Ovarian cysts No side effects. I was on the generic brand of Loestrin FE 1.5/30 called Gildess for about two years. I absolutely loved this birth control! It never gave me any weird side effects, which was great because I had spent years trying out different birth controls to find one that actually agreed with my body. It also helped out with my ovarian cysts (the only reason I was on birth control to begin with). I never had any weight gain, moodiness, cramping, etc. I highly recommend this birth control to anyone with ovarian cysts. It will help you out so much. My doctor recently switched me to Loestrin 24 FE, and to be honest I can't stand it!! It also helped with my cysts, but over the last five months it made me gain weight, I constantly feel bloated, my breasts are always tender and went up two cup sizes and it's making me feel depressed. I'm definitely going to switch back. Birth control effects everybody differently, but I'm glad I finally found a birth control that works for me. Hope this was helpful : D F 24
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11/26/2013
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 5  Contraception None except regularity I personally looked on this site out of curiosity! Scared the bleep out of me reading the reviews. I have been on this pill for nearly 3 years and to my knowledge, havn't had any side effects. I hope people who find other pills reacting badly will try this. Obviously everyone is different 24 3 years
30MG 1X D
11/13/2013
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 1  pregnancy prevention I am so glad I found this site of reviews. I have had continuous breakthrough bleeding and depression. I cry at the drop of a hat and get angry very easily. I am normally a very happy person and have never suffered from depression. It has become so awful that I have actually had suicidal ideations. I have never in my life wanted to drive my car off the road, but I have felt that way now. I'm glad I'm not alone. I thought I was going crazy! F 31 10 months
7/15/2013

 4   was nervous about this pill after seeing the reviews, but every person really is different. I am athletic and only get my period for about 2 days probably have a low amount of estrogen to begin with so I was nervous to be on 1.5/30 which is a higher dose than 1/20. I've been on this pill for 3 weeks and have noticed a bit of bloating in my face and small amount of weight gain. no acne. no other side effects. seems to be working for me so far! F 26 3 weeks
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4/8/2013

 1  Heavy periods I have just finished my second packet of this pill and I feel awful. Within 14 days of taking my first pill I was extremely anxious and felt very uneasy. I was convinced I was dying and presented to a&e, where they could find nothing wrong with me. Only now, have I realised that the pill must be the reason for me feeling like this. I wish I had not taken it for two months. I'm now on my period and at the start of my third day off the pill and I still feel awful. I constantly think I am going to die. This is not like me at all. I hope that within a week I return to some level of normality and that this does not leave a long term impression on my psyche. All I want is to be normal again. F 28 2 months
30mg
3/28/2013

 1  reduce blood flow and help with pms Headaches,weightgain and awful moods and anxiety. After the birth of my twins i had v heavy periods,and leading up to my period id get ratha grumpy and foul for want of a better word. Id had previously 3yrs of ivf treatment so thought mayb all connected.went to dr who prescribed loestrin,it was great to begin with,hardly a period and weightgain was an issue but a small price to pay..famous last words..around month 4 i noticed the moodswings to b daily,i put up with it,til i would say the last month i seriously thought i was going mental.i worried about going out,anxious,and im a foul and nasty grumpy lady..my poor beautiful twins must think mummy is mad! Il sit and cry,i fly off the handle,scream and shout..i find myself starring out the window unaware of why and just sobbing! I want to feel me again! I want to enjoy life and not wake up feeling anxious and angry!..thank goodness i found this site,i seriously thought i was loosing it! Heavy periods will return but a small price to pay to b me again! X F 39 9 months
30mg
3/22/2013

 2  Birth control Depression, anxiety, spotting mid month/with cramps, early periods, cramping, slight acne, blotting, headaches. F 26 3 months
2/25/2013

 5  Birth control, cramps No side effects! My cramps are gone and I sometimes don't even bleed - awesome! I stopped taking it for one month and my period was normal flow and had terrible cramps so now I'm back on it. I have tried other pills that have been awful for me. Every woman is unique - if one pill makes you sick talk to your doctor who will help you find the perfect one for you. As for me, Loestrin is awesome! F 37 1 years
30
7/30/2012

 4  Birth Control My side effects are very minor, do occasionally have spotting or missed periods. Have had slight weight gain and sometimes are bloated or have constipation, do have headaches and breast pain in week before period too. However postives are that my periods are very light and only last 1 or 2 days. Overall this suits me very well. Have tried Microgynon once and that made me feel awful, had constant bleeding and depression for a month, so would not recommend that pill. In general have very few side effects and am happy with Loestrin 30. F 31 5 years
30mg 1X D
7/11/2012

 1  Birth Control/Fibroids Depression, Anxiety, Acne, some weight gain Extreme mood swings. Extreme. I cry all the time and I can consciously see that is strange, but cannot stop myself. Also so much Acne. I have not had Acne like this in 10 years.Gigantic zits. Some weight gain, but I don't even care because the emotional side effects are overwhelming. F 28 2 months
1mg 1X D
7/10/2012

 1  To thin my uterine lining before ab Depression and EXTREME suicidal thoughts. My 23 yr old son basically saved my life last night as i drove off hoping to have someone cross the yellow line and end my misery. Did not see this coming! I had my tubes tied 13 years ago, only took this to prepare for ablation surgery. Stopping today! Worst drug ever. My kids could have lost their normally happy mom. I have had the WORST period on record. Up 4 times in the night blood everywhere. F 44 1 days
24
7/4/2012

 1  Birth control Deep Vein Thrombosis in left arm F 4 days
15/30
6/29/2012
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 1  Acne / prevent pregnancy First few days I was sick to my stomach. By the second week my emotions were all over the place. Crying constantly. Husband avoids me. I've always had acne but it has NEVER been this bad. All over my chin, mouth and face. My doctor insists that these are not side effects however there have been no other changes in my life and I am not on any other medications. I am trying to decide if I should quit or stick it out. I've gained 4pounds which is adding to my depression since i just worked very hard to loose 10. F 32 2 weeks
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5/29/2012

 4  Prevent pregnancy Ive been on this birth contril for a little over a year. Tried the loestrin 24 but I bled all the time. This dosage helps, but I havent had a period for four months. Thats the only thing I dislike because I am used to one coming. Minimal cramps and shorter, lighter periods! :) F 23 1 years
30
4/6/2012

 1  cramping and cysts This caused me to have a stroke. I took it for one year and it helped with cramps and fibroids. After one year I had a stroke and the doctors blamed the Loestrin FE. F 51 1 years
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3/24/2012

 1  birth control Very bad migraines, uti, anxiety, Moody, always tired F 21 2 weeks
3/19/2012

 5  To prevent pregnancy I felt happy, energetic (I usually am a quiet sad person) the only negative thing is I keep eating, which is fine for me as I find it difficult to gain weight anyway! I personally recommend it, I read all these reviews on this site and was so scared to try it! But it's great! Everyone's body is different- try it out, if it doesn't work try another it's not the end of the world! F 16 2 days
2 days 1.5 1X D
3/18/2012
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 2  birth control Nausea, weight gain, headaches, breast tenderness, vivid dreams, dry mouth, weepiness, fatigue I experienced mild nausea for a few hours every day and sometimes in the middle of the night. I had nagging headaches for the first few days which didn't respond to Tylenol (before going on Loestrin I rarely ever had headaches but when I did, Tylenol worked fine). I noticed weight gain of half a pound per day- this scared me because my eating habits are very healthy and I wasn't doing anything any differently in terms of diet or exercise that would cause such weight gain. I also noticed very vivid dreams, and frequent waking at night. I felt "fragile" and close to tears every few days, the way I sometimes get during PMS time- except this was not that time of the month. Ick! I'm done! F 40 14 days
1.5 1X D
3/6/2012
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 1  Regulate Periods, birth control Extreme dizziness , horrible mood swings, depressed, low sex drive, horrible breast pain, really bad stomach pain and headaches, dehydrated, feeling "out of it"/ in a dream, vivid dreams, chills, couldn't concentrate, constipated (but also going to the bathroom multiple times a day), hard to sleep, paranoia, bad anxiety!! I felt mental on this pill. I had to go home from school a lot because I couldn't concentrate, I'd get sleepy, I'd feel out of it, and I'd get dizzy. Additionally, I got so depressed. I'd cry FOR NO REASON!!! My body seriously rejected this pill. It wasn't acting normal. I was getting horrible stomach and headaches. My dreams were so vivid and abnormal, and I'd always wake up 30 minutes to an hour before I was supposed to which is weird. Additionally, I was super dehydrated/ had dry mouth. I was constantly running from the sink to the bathroom. HORRIBLE! My breasts hurt so badly, and I lost my sex drive. I hated everything that made me happy. After figuring it out it may have been the pill, I got off asap. I couldn't even finish it (I was two days short of finishing...it was THAT bad). I've been off for about 4 days. I have my period, so I'm dealing with even MORE hormones, but even then, I'm seeing slight improvement. I've talked to other women, and a ton have said they've had horrible side effects from birth control. I choose to believe that side effects this bad are not rare. I honestly owe it to my boyfriend for dealing with me. If you want to try it, then try it. Maybe you'll be lucky, but it has obviously hurt a lot of people. Oh and also, I think I haven't had too much weight gain. I ate a lot though, so I'm just lucky I guess, but I did bloat. FYI, these symptoms didn't hit me too hard until a week or two into the pack. Watch out! F 17 1 months
30 MG 1X D
3/2/2012
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 4  abnormal spotting, ovarian cysts None that I am aware of. I started to take BC about two weeks ago due to some abnormal spotting and an ovarian cyst they found on my left ovary. I have always been against birth control and was furious I was perscribed it but decided to give it a chance. I agree with a lot of the comments on here that just because you read a bad review, doesn't mean this isn't for you. I am on the generic for Loestrin (Microgestin) and so far I haven't noticed anything out of the normal. I have been taking depression medication since July 2011 and have always had panic attacks. They don't seem to have increased or decreased since taking this pill. Also no nauesa or weight loss or gain. No loss of hair, change in mood or frustration. Maybe the longer I take it the more I'll see some of those symptons but for now it seems like another pill I'm taking to help balance out my hormones. F 24 2 weeks
1.5/30 1X D
2/21/2012

 1  Birth Control Severe mood swings, NO sex drive, extremely tired, depressed, YEAST INFECTIONS, dehyderated. This pill has made me crazy. The first pack went great but it was all downhill after that. By the second week into my second pack I had a yeast infection. I would get it cleared up then it would be right back again by the second week of the next pack. I asked my doctor about it and was told that its not likely because of the pills. I decided to stop taking them after my fourth month and so far the yeast infection hasn't come back. No matter how much water I drink, i'm still thirsty. I was also extremly moody (my poor boyfriend had to deal with it) but the mood swings went away a week after I stopped taking it. My skin is extremely dry no matter how much lotion I put on. This started happening after the second month and i'm hoping it will clear up too. F 23 4 months
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2/21/2012

 1  Birth control loss of sex drive, irritability, chest pains,HORRIBLE WEIGHT GAIN, I started taking this pill in August 09 because they didn't carry the other BCPs I was on at the new location I moved to. I started having chest pains and difficulty breathing which was VERY rare at my age. I am 25, work out 5x a week and lead an overall healthy life style. I ended up in the emergency room a few times only to be told there was nothing wrong with me(thank God)...but this made me even more paranoid because the chest pains HAD to come from something being wrong. I can't think of anything else(after having numerous medical studies done) that gave me the pains other than this stupid BCP. I also gained 40 lbs on this pill. I kept trying to lose the weight by exercising and eating healthy and I JUST KEPT GAINING!! Everytime I stepped on the scale after weeks of hard work I felt like the scale was mocking me because I had not only not lost any weight but I had gained. I stopped taking the pill about 8 months ago and lost about 25 of the pounds that I gained so I still have a ways to go. I also had issues with sex and it was two-fold. Not only did the pill decrease my sex drive, but the more weight I gained, the less sexy I felt. This pill caused some relationship problems in my marriage before we figured out it was the birth control that did this to me. I love sex now that I am off it, the issue is that I am not taking birth control(honestly, I AM TERRIFIED) so my husband and I have to be careful with other forms of BC. I highly discourage ALL WOMEN who want to ta F 25 24 months
1.5/30 1X D
2/11/2012
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 5  Birth control Anxiety, hypochondria, loss of appetite, always mad, couldnt sleep for only 2 hrs at a time, felt like i was moving but not going no where,scared of dying. F 27 4 years
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2/9/2012
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 1  birth control Severe mood swings, extreme fatigue, depression, sleeplessness, severe loss of libido F 21 1 years
1X D
2/9/2012

 1  Birth Control Nauseia, Bleeding all month long, extreme tiredness, Hyper-sexuallity, PANIC ATTACKS, Extreme mood-swings, crying spells, Depression, paranoia, headaches, increased appetite... WOW< this stuff better change after the first two months or else I'll be pissed ! F 19 2 months
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1/31/2012
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 1  Birth control Aniexty, panic attacks , fatigue, moody , angry for no reason,very irritable, loss of appetite, loss of libido, F 34 10 days
30
1/23/2012
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 1  Birth Control Symptoms: Severe mood swings, depression, loss of libido, increased anxiety. I started taking this after my daughter turned 18 months. I hadn't taken a pill in several years. After 3 weeks on it, I had such severe anger and my husband couldn't understand why I wanted to fight all the time. I also felt paranoid and this led to more irrational anger. I consciously could tell I had no control over the anger I was experiencing and it was definitely a result of the medicine. I gained a few pounds (all of it in my abdomen). The minimal weight gain was not a big deal, it was the extreme mood swings and anger issues I was having. I've been off this birth control for 2 weeks and I feel back to normal. I'm sure it's great for others, just not for me. F 36 30 days
20 mcg 1X D
1/10/2012
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 1  heavy periods while on loestrin i was happy to see that my periods had stopped completely but i was nausious all the time had cramps and started to have panic attacks and being dizzy alot blacking out and since i have stopped takin it the nausea and all has quit but my periods still have not started normally again i get spotting sometimes but that is all what has this pill done to me F 21 2 months
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12/21/2011

 1  BC Acne, anxiety, moodiness, depression, bloating, headaches I am so happy I read these ratings and know that I am not the only one. I have been taking this pill for about 8 months and although not having a period is great, the side effects are not worth it. I am always a happy person and since I have been on this pill I cry for no reason and then I can't stop. I feel depressed and tired all the time. I would NOT recommend this pill. F 26 8 months
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12/4/2011

 3  To regulate period Hey there ladies I have so much to tell y'all ready? I started this birth control when I was 16 the very first week or two i was feeling very anxious,fustrated all the time, i couldnt een talk to people right it was hard for me to understand others and I had a random panic attack and symptoms of being pregnant like throwing up everymorning and my mother just pushed me and told me to stay strong and keep taking it so I did what she told me to do I kept taking it and my body finally got used to it after 4months my skin was perfect,my breast when up from an A cup to a D cup, I was always in a good mood, I was a people's person I had no trouble talking to random people anymore sex drive was normal my periods were regulated and everything I was such a happy girl all throughout highschool all of a sudden my doctor retired and I couldn't get them anymore I had to find another doctor I couldn't find one so I was off loestrin for 5mths now and I am always depressed and crying all the time,lost in conversations, I have a very low self esteem I am always putting myself down, my face isn't so perfect anymore I brake out easily now, I get easily frustrated, I've lost alot of weight, my D cups are saggy instead of being perky, I have panic attacks all the time, Ive had a massive headache for 2 weeks straight I am not how I used to be I am really thinking about getting back on it but I am afraid to see what will happen to my body and my self esteem and what if I wanna have children I don' F 19 3 years
24mg
12/3/2011
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 1  Birth control/ dismennorhea Weepiness, panic attacks, depression, racing heart, restlessness, headaches, paranoia F 35 7 days
1mg/ 10mcg
12/3/2011
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 5  Birth Control Wk 1 and part of wk 2- nausea, cramping, awful awful headaches. Wk 3 no more headaches, nausea, or cramping At first (wk 1 and part of wk 2) nausea, cramping, awful awful headaches. Now on wk 3 and all of those have subsided completely! I actually feel great. I have energy and just overall feel much better emotionally and physcically! This has been my cure pill! F 24 3 weeks
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12/1/2011
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 1  Birth Control Severe and Persistent Anxiety, Shortness of Breath, Rapid Heartbeat, Panic Attacks, Paranoia It started with general malaise and not sleeping so well but I was living away from home so I figured it had to be that but the symptoms didn't go away once I went back home. Then I began experiencing severe anxiety when flying or driving in a car--feeling like at any moment we would crash, imaging myself dying when there was no reason to be worried. I began to become almost hypochondriac in my severe anxiety about my health..I prayed every night I wouldn't die in my sleep, I was worried that I had somehow contracted HIV, I began to take sleep-aides because I slept so poorly and my heart felt like it was fluttering and I couldn't breathe. My behavior changed as I couldn't concentrate at work for any more than five minutes and I had trouble even sitting still long enough to finish dinner at the dining room table. I felt like I had to be constantly moving and couldn't relax. I have had panic attacks about things I would never have worried about before or only worried about in a normal way. The worst thing for me was feeling like I was going crazy, I began seeing a therapist convinced (due to my hypochondria-like mentality) that I was suffering from symptoms of Schizophrenia and the "depersonalization" I was experiencing (one effect of extreme anxiety in which you feel like you are seeing yourself from the outside) only made that worse. A woman on another forum suggested we take action by filing a class action lawsuit against the company that makes loestrin for not w F 23 10 months
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11/22/2011
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 5  Contraceptive None I haven't had any problems with this birth control at all. I recently was taking Aviane and I absolutely HATED it. Aviane made me extremely anxious all the time, I almost took myself to the hospital because I was having such horrible anxiety attacks. So my doctor switched me to Lo Loestrin and I'm back to my old self, I've had zero side effects, no problems whatsoever. I read other ratings on it and a lot of women seem to really hate this drug, but like I said - no side effects. I love it compare to my last one. F 19 3 months
1 1X D
10/19/2011

 1  Preventing Pregnancy/ovarian cyst Severe nausea, throwing the first day after the night I took my first dose, extreme anxiety, nervousness, cystic acne flareup, immediate enlarged and sore breasts, extreme fatigue and dizziness, severe cramping and bloating I am not one to complain about stuff, but I have never been this sick from taking a medication. I took my first dose on a Sunday night, and the next day after taking the medication I was constantly in the bathroom all day long throwing up. I feel like I have gained a ton of weight in just two days after taking this even though I have not been wanting to eat due to the extreme nausea. I feel like my abdomen is very swollen and just want to curl up in a ball all day. Luckily, I work at from home and was able to keep a bucket next to me all day. If I worked in the office, I would not have made it to work. I am stopping this immediately. I have always had acne, and was getting it under control pretty well until I started this. Now within a couple of days, I have five huge pimples in the form of cystic acne. (the ones that almost hurt to look at!) My breasts have already gone up one cup size in two days! They hurt and I am wearing a sports bra to help with the pain. I am praying this wears off in a couple of days. I can't live another day feeling like I do!!!!! Ugh!!! To anyone that has tried this and it works, great! I can't do it. F 29 2 days
1.5/30 1X D
10/18/2011

 4  Birth control You must give this pill time to work with your body! The first 2 months of taking this I didn't have any periods then on the third month my period came. At first my emotions were all over the place crying all the time getting upset for no reason and feeling depressed. Im on my fourth month now and I have to say things have definitely improved!! Just stick out the first few months and hopefully it will work for you as it has for me :) Good luck If the pill inst for you just go to your GP and try another as it wont work the same for everyone...We are all different after all. P.S don't be worried by all the really scary reviews on here, remember! there are side effects to every medication that is prescribed. F 19 4 months
30 1X D
10/11/2011
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 1  birth control immediately had sleep issues, paranoia and was very emotional!! F 25 2 months
1mg 1X D
9/21/2011

 2  Birth Control loss of libido, weight gain, irritability loestrin made me never want to have sex, ever. it made me sort of disgusted with sex, and my partner, and it even made me feel like i didn't even want to be touched. i also gained quite a bit of weight that i'm still trying to work off. F 20 1 years
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8/29/2011

 1   Acne (on my face neck and chest), hypersexuality (fun at first then innapropriate) and mood swings. Don't take this medication. It made me act like a freak and look like one too. It's horrible. F 35 2 months
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8/24/2011
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 1  regulate period breast tenderness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, depressed, mood swings, cramps, constant bleeding this was the worst 2 months ever. i only wish i called my doctor after the first month but was trying to give it time. people do love this pill, but it did not love me. i just switched to yasmin. fingers crossed. F 33 60 days
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8/17/2011
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 4   My cramps are horrible. I be come so EMOTIONAL all i do is cry ugh. One minutie im happy the next i be pissed off i recommend no birth control! F 17 4 months
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8/16/2011
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 1   Anger, paranoia, low self esteem, depression I am relieved to find this could be the source of my problem. I am not taking this pill anymore and will be seeing my Dr within the month for further diagnosis. This pill may work well to prevent pregnancy but if I lose my mind and marriage over it because of the depression, it is not worth it. Something kept telling me thee was a problem with these pills but until reading these testimonies I felt it was just me! This came about slowly but has gotten to the point of suicidal feelings. Ladies it is not worth it. Take with caution and listen to your body and intuition. This medicine should be banned. F 31 18 months
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8/11/2011

 2  period regulation Massive increase in appetite, trouble sleeping Originally went back on the pill in to help regulate my periods and to help with excruciating cramps I've dealt with since a teenager. Started with Avaine and then Loestrin 1/20, neither of which worked since there wasn't enough estrogen to stop break through bleeding. I seriously don't understand why doctors even rec those pills, 20mcg seems like WAAY too little to be effective. After that I was given the generic Junel 1.5/30, which was much better in terms of break thru bleeding, even if I did have some minor cramping most of the month. The major problem for me, though, was the MASSIVE increase in hunger and sleep problems. I am ALWAYS hungry, usually to the point of feeling pysically ill if I don't eat something NOW. Normally, I can't eat as soon as I wake up (about an hr later), but I wake up feeling so sick with hunger that it's the first thing I reach for. And I often wake up around 4am no matter what time I go to bed, 10pm or 1am, doesn't matter. I don't get enough sleep, so I'm always tired. Since I'm a person that really needs 8-9 hours of sleep a night to function normally, and nicely, the following day I just can't take another night of this. I'm willing to put up with the somewhat irregular and/or painful periods in order to keep my sanity. F 32 4 months
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8/10/2011

 1  Birth Control/Needed Low Estrogen Anxiety, Depression, OCD flare ups, weight gain, hopelessness, moodiness I was SO glad to know I wasn't alone, although I feel for all the other ladies who've suffered through the experience of taking this pill. In the past, I've suffered from OCD, with it acting during early adolescents. Now, at 24, and having been on this pill, it's getting severe again. Also, I find myself sad and hopeless - this is not like me. I do not feel like myself at all. I HATE THIS PILL. I'm on it because it was the only combination pill that contained low estrogen. I had ONE complex migraine in the last year, and my health care provider wanted to take me off estrogen altogether due to risk of stroke. What is a risk of stroke compared to a risk of suicide? Not that I am or would consider such a drastic measure, but this pill is far too dangerous. I hope it gets pulled off the market. F 24 4 months
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7/28/2011

 1  Birth control Depression, lack of libido, social anxiety, bloating and weight gain. ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!! Was not sure if I needed to see a therapist for possible depression issues, but after doing research online on the side effects of this birth control, I know for sure it is the culprit. F 21 4 months
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7/26/2011
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 2  contraceptive no periods, dizziness, headaches, sinus headaches(feels like sinus infection),tiredness,increased appetite I went on this pill 2 months after I had my second son.The first month being on this pill wasn't so bad. Then I noticed all of the my side effects. I actually thought I was pregnant. I took a test to make sure (I wasn't..thank god!) Now I feel competely exhausted...Ihave to nap just to make it thru the day. I feel like I have a sinus infection without the congestion and runny nose..lol. I feel like I am in another persons body. I will finish my pack to see if the side effects subside. FYI ...all the girls I work with who take this pill too are experiencing the same things! F 31 6 weeks
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7/25/2011
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 3  uterine fibroids, PSOS, hydroentini extreme fatique, headaches, sinus infection, 3 weeks of heavy bleeding in the first month, bad sinus infection, and spotting in the second month. have not monitored my weight. F 25 2 months
10mg 1X D
7/8/2011
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 2  help shorten periods, control moods crying spells, anger, breast itchiness, swollen breasts, sour stomach, sleeplessness, lost appetite, tired easily I have never taken bc before in my life, i started taking lo loestrin because i had long periods and horrible mood swings and wanted to fix that. I am only a week into my first pack and my moods are way worse than they have ever been. I used to be a very loving, happy girl (minus the PMS week before my period every month) but now I feel like everyone is out to make me mad and pick on me. I cry at the drop of a hat, and get in yelling matches with everyone. Every morning I wake up (if i can even get to sleep the night before) and everything smells like sour milk. I have no appetite so I have lost a little weight. I have no motivation or energy to do anything anymore, something as simple as doing laundry overwhelms me. My breasts are so itchy (maybe because they are swelling and stretching?) it's driving me crazy. I bought 3 months worth of this ($75 each pack with insurance) and I'm going to try to make it through my first one without losing my mind and my relationship in the process. F 22 7 days
1X D
7/8/2011

 1  Cramps, No babies yet Crying spills, Mad Randomly, 20 pound weight gain, cramps worse, no period (which scares me), acne, baaaaaaad mood swings, boobs hurt, very very very tired! cramps even when im not about to start. DO NOT TAKE THIS, my doc said give it time blah blah blah. no dont even get on it. i was active and one happy camper.. after i started this i was a grizzly bear raining on the happy camper. F 20 4 months
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7/5/2011
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 2  birth control (not sexually active) depression, uncontrollable crying, acne IM ONLY 14 AND I HATE THIS. the sad thing is, i need to take this so i can take accutane, because they can't trust that im not sexually active, and if i get pregnant on accutane i will have a deformed child. but this made me break out... bad. i have 3 or 4 bright red zits on my face that are not white heads, but are sore, a zit on my chest, a couple zits on my back, EAR ZITS. seriously?! i've had my acne under control for so long, and this just made it come back terribly. i've also been majorly depressed, convinced my life is worthless and i'll never be happy, etc. which led to uncontrollable crying for the past few days. i mean, i got all the worst side effects possible. i'm underweight and a 32A, so i would've appreciated weight gain or breast size increase! i shouldn't even need to take this! so frustrated! F 14 2 weeks
10 MG 1X D
6/29/2011
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 1  Daily birth control Extreme hair loss, major mood swings, extreme highs and lows, crankiness, irritability, depression, headaches, sleeplessness. Uncontrollable crying I had been experiencing horrible hair loss since beginning this BC. Extreme and sudden mood changes/ swings. I would compare myself to a psycho girlfriend! Not trusting my boyfriend of almost 9 months. Accusing him of not caring, yelling, screaming, and then promptly apologizing just to turn around and do the same thing again hours later.. Feelings of absolute uncertainness! I hate who I have become and that it has nearly cost me my relationship several times. Depression sets in and feelings of not wanting to be here even though I love my beautiful daughter, boyfriend, job, and life...medication an cause these issues with individuals and completely change them. This is not a skategoat for dealing with life, trust me...I have already made a doctors appointment for next week and will absolutely be coming off of the Loestrin FE. Even if it means I have to use a condom for the rest of my life...I will not put myself nor anyone around me that I love and care about, through this again....I also suffer from uncontrollable crying, sleeplessness, and feelins of true unworth. Please be cautious with new medicines and notice any changes and note the time of these changes. Side effects are new common than they say due to the chemical makeup of women being sooo different from one woman to the next... I hope I find something that works... F 33 5 months
1mg/ 20mcg 1X D
6/27/2011
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 3  Fibroid/heavy bleeding Depression, headaches, high blood pressure, anxiety To start with, my doctor switched me from ocellated due to heavy breakthrough bleeding. Felt great on it, but had to switch. The lowest dose of loestrin had me bleeding for 3 weeks, so I was put on the higher dose. Then the headaches, depression and anxiety set in. Them my blood pressure was high, and it's always been normal. Stopped taking in at beginning of third pack. Enough for me, my blood pressure is normal just being off it for 3 days, and I can't wait for the headaches and bleeding to stop. Everyone's body is different, this just didn't work for me. No more hormones, having UFE and will take Prozac for mood swings. It was very effective in stopping the bleeding, but my body chemistry just doesn't agree with it. F 40 60 days
30 1X D
6/6/2011

 1  contraseptive/ regulate period extreme anxiety and depression I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BIRTH CONTROL TO ANYONE. I have been on this birth contol for the past four months, but the past month I slumped into a serious depression. I was completely unmotivated to do anything. I couldn't focus on anything, especially in my classes. I used to be a straight A student, but I suddenly began failing. I used to exercise and run all of the time, but recently I haven't been able to move off my couch. I fought with my boyfriend, family and friends to th point where they couldn't stand me anymore. The littlest things woud make me have an emotional meltdown. It got to the point where I overdosed on Advil and had to stay in a mental hospital. Stopped the pill immediately. LOOK AT THE SIDE EFFECTS BEFORE TAKING. F 17 4 months
30 MG 1X D
5/28/2011

 5  to skip periods, as birth control slight nausea. This is great so far because I really can't tell that I'm even taking anything. This type of progestin seems so much better than the Levogestrin I was on earlier, which plunged me into depression for 3 months. Remember you can't use these reviews to decide if you should use this pill. Everyone will react differently. F 19 1 weeks
1 pill 1X D
5/19/2011
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 1  Regulate/Shorten Period This drug is horrible. I have gained weight, been nauseated daily, went from being an energetic fun-loving person to feeling like a walking panic attack who can barely move off the couch. I am moody and went from loooooving sex to not giving a damn if I ever have it again. I'm throwing the pack away right now. Never again. F 37 14 days
20 1X D
5/16/2011
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